Hillary Clinton appeared Tuesday on “The Late Show” with Stephen Colbert and gave her version of the speech she would have given at the United Nations instead of President Donald Trump.
“Did you happen to see the president’s speech at the U.N. today?” Colbert asked.
“I saw parts of it, yes,” she replied.
“What did you make of it?” he asked.
“I thought it was very dark, dangerous,” she responded to applause from the audience, “not the kind of message that the leader of the greatest nation of the world should be delivering.
“You are both required to stand up for the values of what we believe in,” she explained, “Democracy and opportunity, as a way to demonstrate clearly the United States remains the beacon that we want it to be.
“While, of course, when you face dangerous situations like what is happening in North Korea, to make it clear your first approach should always be diplomatic,” she continued, launching into her own United Nations speech. “What I’d hope the president would have said, was something along the lines of, y’know, we view this as dangerous to our allies, to the region, and even to our country.”
“We call on all nations to work with us to try to end the threat posed by Kim Jong Un, and not call him ‘rocket man,’ the old Elton John song, um,” she added, “but to say it clearly, we will not tolerate any attacks on our friends or ourselves.”
“But you should lead with diplomacy you should lead with the commitment to trying to avoid conflict however you can,” she concluded.
Here’s the video of her response to the Trump U.N. speech:
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) September 19, 2017
How did others respond?
While Clinton represented the response from the left who thought the speech was much too combative, some moderates, especially the more militant political class, complimented Trump for the muscular speech that warned the enemies of the United States. Trump was especially hard on socialism, Iran and North Korea, in the speech before the United Nations General Assembly. Others cautioned against the ramping up of rhetoric against North Korea, as Trump said the country would be “totally destroyed” in it continued in its course.
Predictably, Iran’s foreign minister responded in a manner that echoed much of the criticism from the left and the political class.